10 makan places in Toa Payoh that you mustn’t miss if you live in S’pore


Among the earliest public housing estate of Singapore hides many of the best hawkers Singapore will ever have. Have you tried them before?

Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Legend has it that there is a lone woman among the concrete jungles of Toa Payoh Lor 1 who steams legendary carrot cakes in forty years old aluminium tins. Patrons of the stall report that this lone heroine wields the frying spatula like a sword and makes carrot cakes so good that passersby will sit down and order once they smell it.

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 6am – 1pm

Address: #02-30 Toa Payoh Blk 127 Market & Food Centre, Toa Payoh Lor 1, Singapore 310217

Tian Tian Lai Hokkien Mee
Literally ‘Come Everyday hokkien mee’, this hokkien mee really do make people want to go back every day. This fragrant hokkien mee earned its rightful place among the top 5 list compiled by ieatishootipost.sg and we’re sure people who’ve tried it would agree. It is closed on Mondays though so you cannot really ‘tian tian lai’. Give uncle a break!

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 930am – 9pm

Address: #02-27, Toa Payoh Blk 127 Market & Food Centre, Toa Payoh Lor 1, Singapore 310217

Hup Chong Hakka Yong Tau Fu
Yong tau fu used to be full of porky goodness but somehow, over the years it has been mostly replaced by the smooth white fish paste we see at most yong tau fu stalls today. If you’re looking for the old taste that people crave for, head down to Hup Chong’s and ah ma will show you how it’s done in the past.


Opening hours: 6:30AM to 3:00PM   5:00PM to 8:30PM       Closed on Sundays

Address: Block 206, Toa Payoh North Singapore 310206, Singapore

Teochew Handmade Bao
With all kinds of pau for you to choose from, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a light snack. Although we highly suspect that it won’t be that ‘light’ because you’ll end up stuffing yourself with one of everything.

Opening hours: Tue – Sat: 6am – 2pm, Sun: 6am – 12pm

Address: #02-02 Toa Payoh Blk 127 Market & Food Centre, Toa Payoh Lor 1, Singapore 310217

Uncle Gen’s Hong Kong Cuisine
For as low as $3.50, you can get one of the most memorable meal of your life. Uncle Gen is a retired Head Chef of Mouth Restaurant who is simply crazed about hong kong food. Other than being really good and really cheap, he’ll also stuff your bowl full of food until it looks like the overflowing bin at your void deck, but with good food!

Opening hours: 6am – 12pm

Address: #01-03, Blk 74 Food Centre, Toa Payoh Lor 4 Singapore 310074

Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodles
Situated in an old style coffeeshop with that classic old black and gold wooden signboard, this stall is manned by an equally old and classic couple who are so proud of their food that today they remain one of the few old people who still hand-make their own ‘Her Giao’.

 The Teochew ‘Her Giao’ is a dumpling made with minced pork and dried sole wrapped in a skin made almost entirely of fish meat, and is extremely difficult to make. Such that, as delicious as it is, the uncle have to limit the number of ‘Her Giao’s sold to each customer to ensure it doesn’t run out too early every week.

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 730am – 2pm

Address: #02-01, Toa Payoh Blk 127 Market & Food Centre, Toa Payoh Lor 1, Singapore 310217

Hougang 6 Mile Famous Muah Chee
This stall makes muah chee like no other. His muah chee is black with sesame grounded into the mixture to give it an extra fragrant flavour. Apparently, in the past, there are many stalls that sell muah chee like this but today, this uncle is the one last remaining . So, if you want to have a taste of the delicacy from the past, please do pay him a visit soon before he retires!

Opening hours: Daily, 12pm – 10pm

Address: #B1-01 Gourmet Paradise, HDB Hub 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh Singapore 310480

Soon Heng Rojak
This is the place to go for the best rojak in Singapore. For as little as $2.50, you can get a taste of one of the best Singaporean styled “salad” around the place!


Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm

Address: #01-406 J99 Eating House, Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central Singapore 310186

Fuzhou Ban [email protected] Eating House
We wrote about this in our previous post ‘10  best ban mian in S’pore that is worth the queue and the sweat‘. Basically, this stalls sells dry ban mian that is a little different from our usual ban mian, but delicious for sure!

Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm

Address: #01-406 J99 Eating House, Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central Singapore 310186

This stall sells chao zhou fishball noodles that are so good, that if you hit your snooze button, you would miss your chance to taste their springy fish balls filled with heavenly pork. Their mee pok sells out pretty fast so if you plan to have it, you better wake up early!

Opening Hours: 3pm – 8pm, Closed on Tuesdays

Address: Block 22 Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Singapore 310007


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